I'm not sure what to think of this. I'm still digesting it.
- This was at the height of the national panic about Satanism. So I was inclined to skepticism. But my subject’s behavior exceeded what I could explain with my training.
Saying that one is inclined to skepticism while simultaneously acknowledging their presence and participation in a documented, national, arational, panic founded in religious paranoia strikes me as deeply odd and troubling. Doubly so when coming from a practicing and influential child psychologist at a respected national university. There is nothing shameful in admitting that one lacks understanding or knowledge. It's in fact a valuable act of humility that helps science and medicine progress to better the human condition.
Saying 'I don't know, gotta be the devil tho' is essentially an evil act because it is thought terminating. If the patient is experiencing a possession no amount of Haldol or Seroquel or talk therapy is going to help, only God.
- For the past two-and-a-half decades and over several hundred consultations, I’ve helped clergy from multiple denominations and faiths to filter episodes of mental illness — which represent the overwhelming majority of cases — from, literally, the devil’s work.
- As a man of reason, I’ve had to rationalize the seemingly irrational.
Again something deeply epistemologically troubling. Neil Tyson has said 'The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.' and I haven't seen any proof to the contrary.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Found a rebuttal - Haven't finished reading it yet.